Solid Form Project
Using what you know about visually interesting forms, create a non-representational, solid form with sculptural texture using plastic sheeting (lumber wrap) and tape to form an inflatable skin. This form should also force the viewer to “read” or interpret the object differently because of the size and material. These “balloons” will then be filled up with air by a fan in class. You will be working in pairs so each class will make 6 sculptures. You will each need a pair of scissors. Each group will receive a supply of lumber wrap and tape to get you going. You will be supplied with plastic material (lumber wrap) that has one white side and one black so you can incorporate pattern into your design!
You must use texture and the sculpture must be a minimum of 12 feet when blown up. Remember a solid form is one that all three dimensions are near equal but you have some flexibility to make the form dynamic. As a starting point for your ideas look at Microscopic Animals or dust spores. Remember this is a starting point as your final form should be a dynamic, non-representational, solid form with texture. Come to class with 3 different ideas (4 pages of drawings for each idea. 12 pages total).
Grading for Soft Sculpture
/5% Project Description/assignment: You can summarize the project description or cut and paste. Describe the “intent” (what the viewer will get) and what you think are the interesting parts that you were excited to do. Also describe the challenges you see for yourself. Perhaps it was a material you had never used or a concept you had not thought about before. With all your comments try to list at least one or two specifics.
/10% Lateral thinking: Explain what you are trying to do at this stage and then show examples. These are your “lists” (or other brainstorming strategies) that you made when generating ideas. You might take a digital image and then mark it up digitally with notes and arrows or use sticky notes before taking an image. It could also be a written statement. It is up to you. However you decide to do this, it should explain your thoughts and give insight to the decisions you made about your ideas and which ones to move forward.
/10% Sketchbook/Drawings (3 different ideas, 4 pages of drawings for each idea=12 Pages total): Take pictures of your sketch book drawings with your phone or SLR camera and add comments about what you were thinking.
/15% Maquettes: Photograph your maquettes and include them. Explain why you did these and how they were helpful. How could you have done things differently to improve the finished work? Could you have made them differently or used a different material? Bigger? Smaller? Etc.
/10% Material Studies: Photograph your material studies. Explain what you thought you might learn from doing this and then what you actually learned. This might be trying out a new material on a small scale to see what it does, it might be doing a full scale drawing to get a sense of scale or it might be trying out a painting style on a scrap before you commit to the actual piece. The material study gives you a way to test out an aspect of the piece without committing to it only to find out it did not work. Although this may take time it ultimately saves you time and gives the ability to find the element that works best with the overall intent.
/50% Finished Piece: This is where you have a few pictures (probably at the top of your post) and write a longer formal “artist” statement that talks about the intent or idea you started out with and how the piece changed over the process. Then evaluate the finished piece using the project description and the elements of design. Also talk about the things you learned that you will take forward into other art making. It is valid to have a piece fail or come out in unexpected ways but still have learned a great deal! As artists we are constantly venturing into unknown territories (ideas/materials/styles/etc) and should be comfortable with a process that is rich in experimenting and play that pushes the limits (maybe even to failure). It is fine to put this at the top of your post even though it is the final step.
Pass/Fail At least 12 feet long
/13% Texture Appropriate for the size of the object
/12% Dynamic solid Form